Former 'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez show dead by police at her home

31 August, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Eloise Houston
  • Actress Vanessa Marquez starred in ER

According to the South Pasadenan, officers responded to a wellfare check call when the woman they were there to check on reportedly became distraught and pulled a "BB-type" gun on them that "resembled a semi-automatic handgun". Marquez was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police say they had been to Marquez's home on many occasions in the past, reported KABC.

"At the time [of the shooting] there was an LA County mental health clinician here with the officers", Lt. Mendoza said in a news conference on Thursday evening.

Sheriff's deputies told local outlet ABC7 that the "gravely disabled" woman was having a seizure as police arrived, then spoke with officers for more than 90 minutes as they tried to offer her medical care.

Authorities say she was suffering from some sort of eating disorder which triggered seizures. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't". Police added that Marquez was uncooperative and appeared to be suffering from mental health issues.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, as is protocol for all police-involved shootings, according to the report.

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Last October, Marquez alleged that she was blacklisted from "ER" by co-star George Clooney after complaining of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

In response, the police claim, they opened fire, at the time unaware that Marquez wasn't brandishing an actual handgun.

In addition to ER, Marquez had TV and film credits that included Seinfeld, Malcolm & Eddie, Melrose Place as well as the 1988 true story drama Stand And Deliver; but had not acted much since the late '90s. Marquez tweeted that the blacklisting began when she made complaints to the show's executive producers, John Wells.

'I had nothing to do with casting, ' the Ocean's 11 star said in a statement.

Marquez recurred throughout the first three seasons of ER, appearing in 27 episodes overall. "Women who don't play the came lose career" I did. An online tribute to Marquez said that she was a member of the TCM Party, a classic movie fan club.

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